In an effort to strengthen their defenses, the Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with defensive end Jeremy Mincey.
Mincey is expected to formally sign with the Broncos on the practice field Wednesday. The veteran, who is in his eighth year, was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday after being late to a team meeting yet again. Last month, Mincey was left behind on a road trip to Houston after he was late for a team meeting, rendering him as inactive against the Cleveland Browns on December 1.
The defensive end has played for the Broncos’ defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio when Del Rio was with the Jaguars. Now, he’ll play for him once again.
The Broncos are currently ranked 23rd on defense in the NFL, allowing an average of 105.4 rushing yards per game and 266.1 passing yards per game.
It is likely that Mincey will enter the rotation immediately, if the Broncos choose to make a roster move. The team could send Derek Wolfe, who has not practiced since suffering “seizure-like symptoms” on November 29, to the injured reserve to make room for the newcomer. However, team officials are saying that they’re hopeful to see Wolfe return for the postseason.
Wolfe had a career-high eight sacks in 2011, and just three sacks in 2012. This year, the defensive end has 14 tackles and two sacks in just eight games, having missed three games with a concussion.
Mincey will turn 30-years-old on Saturday.
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